Mrs.Rumminger pulled me out of a very
dark time in my life. I had tragically lost 4 family members in 2 months and I was entering high school. My life was a rollercoaster. I joined Student Council for the heck of it. I really didn’t even know what it was. The first meeting was in the summer and I was so nervous. I walked in and realized this would be my home for the next 4 years. Mrs.Rumminger was my Student Council advisor. When I got into high school, I wanted to be a leader and she showed me how. My freshmen year was her first year as an advisor but you wouldn’t have known by looking at her. She was amazing. Through her two years of being the advisor she changed my life. She was always there as a listening ear or a helping hand. She encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone and reach for the stars and that is what I did. I owe much of my success to her. I wouldn’t be the leader I am today if she wasn’t in my life.
Mrs.Van-I aka Mrs.Marti aka Mama Marti showed me my true passion in life and continues to be my mentor. I have never met anyone more passionate than her. Sports Medicine and HOSA are her life. She has touched the hearts of hundreds of kids and I am honored to be one of them. Mama Marti was the person who originally encouraged me to compete in Sports Medicine. At the time, neither of us knew that would lead to traveling the country together. My competitions have taken us to Traverse City MI, Orlando FL, and Anaheim CA! We also experienced Disney Land together. She is my person. I can’t imagine my life without her. Following in her footsteps at CMU becoming an athletic trainer is a privilege. If I am half the athletic trainer or person that she is, I will be happy. She gives her everything to her students. She spends 10 hours a day at school just so her students can get the best education possible. I was lucky enough to have an independent study with Mrs.Van-I my senior year. My independent study was Sports Medicine 3. We became so close because spent so much time together each day. I was HOSA President my senior year so we also had a professional relationship because she was my sponsor. We were always on the same page and worked great as a team. I will never be able to thank her enough for everything she has done for me.
Jen Spellman and Josh Johnston walked into my life by chance and stayed by choice. I couldn’t be more grateful for this dynamic duo. Jen was my group facilitator at MYLead and Josh was my conference alumni. When I first arrived to MYLead I was a little nervous. I had never really done anything like it and I wasn’t sure what to expect. These two welcomed me with open arms and welcomed me right into their home group. I instantly bonded with them both. My MYLead experience wouldn’t have been the same without them. At the end of the weekend, I stood and cried in their arms because I didn’t want to part ways. Little did I know they were in my life to stay. I am so lucky to have these two as my cheerleaders. They have been there through thick and thin and I will never be able to thank them enough. Josh is an engineering student at the University of Michigan and still makes time to make me smile and laugh. Jen has a job and goes to school and still makes me feel like she is the big sister that I always wanted. I thank God every day for bringing these two amazing people into my life. I can only hope I change someones life like they changed mine.